As many of you are aware, the Chinese government has been planning and implementing changes to increase its global manufacturing presence and influence. Within the past five years, a strategic action plan, known as Made in China 2025, was developed and released to the press. The plan seems to be directed toward developing Chinese production to elevate China to be the world’s leading manufacturer. However, several countries are concerned whether the means to achieve the ambitious aims of the plan are ethical and what negative effects the plan will have on current manufacturing powers.
Officials in the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) indicate that Chinese efforts to improve technology are not the problem, but China cannot use theft to develop technology. The DOJ has openly accused the plan of encouraging Chinese government departments and corporations of using strategies including physical theft, cyber-theft or other illegal means to achieve the plan’s goals. This battle has been ongoing for years and is heating up again, according to U.S. officials and analysts. It is playing out across a broad manufacturing landscape and gives rise to concerns about the security of forging operations.
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